Breed of the Week: Cane Corso

Cane Corso

Breed of the Week: Cane Corso

Cane Corso

Appearance:

A large breed, the Cane Corso stands at 23-27 inches and ideally weighs 88-99lbs. The Corso often has cropped ears and tail giving them an imposing appearance.  With a tight short coat of almost any color, the Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.

Temperament:

Initially bred for protection, the Cane Corso bonds closely with family members but can be wary of strangers.  Not a breed for inexperienced owners, the Corso needs consistent training and socialization due to their size, strength, and drive.  They are best suited for suburban and rural homes.

Health Concerns:

Like many mastiff breeds, the Cane Corso is prone to hip, bone, and eye disorders and diseases.  Hip dysplasia and entropion, or cherry eye, are common along with bone cancers and bloat.

Fun Facts:

  • Prior to 1988 the Cane Corso was rarely seen outside of Southern Italy, the breed was not even recognized by the AKC until 2010 for conformation events.
  • Descended from roman war dogs, the Cane Corso was traditionally used as a farm guard dog and hunter for wild boar in Italy.
  • The Cane Corso is the moth agile of the mastiff breeds and often competes in protection sports such as IPO and Schutzhund.